Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Wednesday that "Americans should sleep well at night", free from worry that North Korea's ever-progressing nuclear program presents an "imminent threat" to the United States.
After Trump said on Tuesday that if North Korea continues to threaten the U.S., the country would "be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen", the North Korean regime responded by saying it's considering a missile strike on the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam.
"So Mr. President, it's time to become presidential", Mr. Green said. "And I'd make sure that we tried to get the best deal possible".
With rhetoric that is literally incendiary -- the promise of "fire and fury", repeated twice for effect -- the president is calculating that North Korea will change its behavior based on language the regime might recognize because it sounds so much like its own.
Mr Mattis said any action by North Korea would be grossly overmatched by the US, and that Pyongyang would lose any arms race or conflict it started.
The Swiss franc and gold, which are considered to be the most traditional safe havens at times of mounting geopolitical unrest, were big movers amid ongoing rhetorical war.
Trump suggested in tweets that in his nearly seven months of serving as commander in chief, he has made the arsenal more robust.
"As far as the ANZUS alliance is concerned, that is an obligation to consult".
Some White House aides have trumpeted the President's forceful response to the North Korea. House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi slammed Trump for making such a remark.
Yesterday it was reported that North Korea's nuclear program has taken another massive step forward.
Senator Dianne Feinstein said isolating the North Koreans has not halted their pursuit of nuclear weapons. "We are now a hyper power, nobody in the world, especially not North Korea, comes close to challenging our military capabilities". "That is why we call on all sides to use restraint". The United States must quickly engage North Korea in a high-level dialogue without any preconditions.
State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said during a Wednesday briefing: "We've talked about our pressure campaign that's backed by many other nations. that campaign is working, it is ratcheting up the pressure".
The Defence Force has reportedly confirmed it has a detachment taking part in a military exercise on the Pacific island of Guam, which North Korea has threatened with a missile strike.
Guam is home to Anderson Air Force Base, from which two U.S. B-1B bombers deployed on a mission with the South Korean and Japanese air forces on Monday.